Harrison Ford is an experienced pilot. However, even with decades of experience in the air, this new plane mishap could possibly cost him his pilot’s license.
On Monday afternoon, Ford was once again embroiled in a plane misadventure at a California airport. The actor was piloting his airplane and approaching for a touchdown at John Wayne Airport close to Orange County.
An FAA statement said, “Air traffic controllers cleared the pilot of a single-engine Aviat Husky to land on Runway 20L at John Wayne Airport Monday afternoon.”
They added, “The pilot correctly read back the clearance. The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway. The FAA is investigating this incident.”
Based on reports, Ford was caught on air traffic control records questioning, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me.”
The Indiana Jones star is also well-known in crash-landing his small plane. In March 2015, he landed the private airplane on a golf course in Venice, California. Ford suffered moderate injuries from the incident. He was able to recuperate from them.
Ford is now under investigation for erroneously landing on a taxiway rather than a landing strip.
An American Airlines representative stated, “We are aware of the incident, and have reported it to the NTSB and FAA.” Landing a plane on a taxiway is a violation of Federal Aviation Administration safety rules.
Another statement reported, “The pilot correctly read back the clearance. The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway. The FAA is investigating this incident.”
Fortunately, Ford’s faulty landing did not cause any crash and no one was hurt. A few minutes after the incident, the American Airlines 737 took off safely for Dallas.
Regrettably for Ford, while there wasn’t a collision, he may still be in a jam. Penalties range from a written warning to the pilot’s license suspension.